Information and references  (based on our trip) if you’re visiting Merano



We drove South down the ‘usual’ route  – A9 out of Munich/A99/A12 towards Salzburg. Then took the A13/E45 (Brenner Pass) to Innsbruck/Bolzano. We left after work on the Thursday of a holiday weekend. Guaranteed failure. These days, whenever I’m headed towards Austria or Italy during peak periods, I usually take the back roads – they may take a little bit longer but with the right company and mind set this can be very enjoyable and part of the holiday. You also get to see the countryside. The A12 from Austria is now frequently jammed with border control immigration checks.

Italian roads and the lanes on the Autostrada are a little bit narrower than  German roads. I really don’t like this but then that’s just me. The Brenner Pass is very scenic and bendy in places. Generally it’s a good road but again, at peak periods it is rammed.

The  SS44 route that we took on the way back was awesome. A challenging drive, I look forward to giving it a go one day in good weather.


Some good Books/Blogs

  • Official web-site:

  •  Merano Tourist Office

Corso Libertà 45,

39012 Merano


  • A Rough Guide to Italy

(I have the book but here’s the web-site!)


Where we stayed

Hotel Aster,

Via Dante 40,

39012 Merano;label=hotel-83194-it-qQ0KjJgHV89afs3ZmcXk%2AgS162155374504%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atiaud-146342137510%3Akwd-1951635707%3Alp9042500%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm;sid=dc70fd927552dd6700f5213b0a0cabb5;checkin=2017-07-20;checkout=2017-07-27;dest_id=-121562;dest_type=city;dist=0;group_adults=2;hpos=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;soh=1;soldout=0%2C0;srfid=9bc1a17d28300beeec8847f2e689177da7e200dbX1;type=total;ucfs=1&#hotelTmpl


Places of Interest

  • Trautmansdorf Gardens

  • Castel Tirol

  • Merano Municipal Museum – (History of the Sud Tirol)


Other References


  • Brenner Pass

  • The Adriatic in Haimhausen

  • Weinstephan – the oldest brewery in the world

  • Freising                                                                                                                            
  • History of Merano:

WWII Forums (Merano in the Second world War):

 History of South Tyrol

 History of South Tyrol and Merano 


Sarah Halliday

May 2017